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Thursday, June 23, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured taking part in the tree planting were Rush Township Bicentennial Committee members, from left, Walter J. Taylor, Kathy Taylor, Marie Skripnek, Ann Marie Calabrese, Stephen Simchak and Harry Eisley.

The Rush Township Board of Supervisors and the Rush Township Bicentennial Committee held a tree planting ceremony outside their municipal building in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the founding of Rush Township, 1811-2011.

The tree, which was received from the Schuylkill Conservancy Bicentennial Heritage Tree Program, was part of a county-wide effort, in which all municipalities in Schuylkill County were given the opportunity to receive a tree in conjunction with Arbor Day.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

As expected, residents who live in the Palmerton Area School District will see a 12.6-percent increase in their property tax rates next year.

Perhaps an unexpected twist may have occurred Tuesday when the school board agreed to restore both instructional music and extended day kindergarten into the 2011-12 budget.

On a 5-4 vote, the board agreed to adopt the final budget in the amount of $26,595,297, which calls for a 5.506-mill increase that will raise the millage rate from 43.64 to 49.14 mills.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Carol Zickler/special to the tinmes news

Panther Valley Middle School Principal Lisa Mace, left, with award recipients at the recent eighth grade graduation. They are Stephen Brili, recipient of the MaryAnn DeSei Principal's Award, and Chris Weber and Abbegail Whildin, recipients of the Senator Dave Argall Citizenship Award.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

West Penn Township police took one male into custody after a traffic accident early today at the intersection of state routes 309 and 895 in the village of Snyders. The crash occurred just after 3 a.m. when a car was found on its roof along the east berm of SR309 just north of the intersection. A short time later police found a male behind a nearby strip mall and took him into custody. It is unknown if any other persons were in the vehicle. The male was evaluated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and released. Responding to the scene were the West Penn Fire Co. No. 1 and fire police.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Special to the Times News

Lansford's 2011 Poppy Queen, Monique Butrie, hands the first poppy to Mayor Ron Hood. Monique, 18, is the daughter of Joe and Wendy Butrie of Lansford. Also pictured is Junior Poppy Queen Charisma Wagner, 8, and Poppy King Zachery Swolensky, 6. Charisma is the daughter of Larry Wagner, Summit Hill. Zachary is the son of Paul and Angelique Swolensky of Coaldale.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

On July 2, at 7:30 p.m., naturalist George Gress will host a program on bog turtles at Locust Lake Amphitheatre. Gress is a fire specialist/land steward for the Nature Conservancy and manages the bog turtle program in Pennsylvania.

During the program, participants will learn about the smallest turtles in Pennsylvania that are federally listed as threatened and are protected under the Endangered Species Act. They will also view photographs, taken by Gress, on the habitats and lives of these turtles.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Palmerton Area School District has realigned several administrative positions.

The school board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to approve the change in assignment for Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum & instruction, to Director of Curriculum & Instruction and Secondary Level Discipline Support, effective July 1, 2011.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) will be holding their 3rd annual Picnic at the Christman Farm, 6495 Pohopoco Rd., Lehighton on Saturday, June 25 from 1-4 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, June 26. It will be a potluck affair with games, hiking, music, activities for the kids and a silent auction. Meat and drinks will be provided, as well as vegetarian chili. Contact CCDC president Linda Christman at 610-377-0235 or email lachris@ptd.net to let her know that you plan to attend.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
FILE PHOTOS/ANDREW LEIBENGUTH Tamaqua high school girls and friends paint their faces during last year's Relay For Life.

The Hometown Farmer's Market will be filled with hundreds of walkers and runners this Friday into Saturday during Tamaqua's 18th annual Relay For Life held, rain or shine, via the local Carbon-Tamaqua chapter of the American Cancer Society to raise donations and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. Dozens of enthusuastic relay teams and supporters will camp out and walk the course for the 24-hour event starting 2 p.m. Friday, and ending 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The West End Car Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at the West End Fairgrounds, Route 209, Gilbert. Music will be provided at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Chris Eckert. There will be peddle tractor pulls by the Pocono Old Tyme Farm Equipment Association and a display by the Pocono Mountain Garden Railway Society, plus other events. Refreshments will be available. Preregistration for car should call 610-681-4045 or 570-629-7363. The event benefits Western Pocono Jaycees. Admission is charged. Dash plaques will be given to the first 300 entries.